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Old November 26th, 2007, 05:51 PM
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White Balance

Little new to photography but was hoping u all could help me out. I have a couple strobe lights and a Canon 30D. I noticed my photos were a bit redish orangish so I was told to whip out the white paper take a shot and make a custom white balance. did that with no problem and it improved quite a lot. However now the photos have a slight blue tinge to them and am a little unclear on how to correct that... any thoughts?
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Old November 26th, 2007, 06:33 PM
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The reason that they're too orange is that the color temperature is too warm (yellow). You should be setting the WB to tungsten (or using the custom WB which is better if done right). The blue tinge is the result of your white balance being a bit too cool (blue).

When you made the custom white balance, was it in the same lighting as the other images and did the white completely fill the frame when you shot the custom white balance shot? Just using white paper works...sort of...but isn't accurate because every paper has a different brightness/whiteness level from the next. For critical white balances, using a tool specific for setting white balance is worth the purchase price. Alternatively, one can shoot RAW where you can adjust the color temperature to the mood desired.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 09:23 PM
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Shooting RAW will solve your problem........but other than a custom white balance , which is the best alternative, you can set the white balance to Auto and depending on your camera, you should be able to adust the auto white balance a little bit cooler.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 06:02 AM
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to add to that...

may i also ask....., with custom wb, would you set at the start of each shoot, or even during a shoot if the lighting changes, (like being outdoors and having some clouds come over)?

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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:54 AM
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may i also ask....., with custom wb, would you set at the start of each shoot, or even during a shoot if the lighting changes, (like being outdoors and having some clouds come over)?

Yes, when the lighting changes, a new custom WB should be shot. As noted, shooting RAW gives you the opportunity to adjust white balance to an exact neutral or to warm/cool the color temperature to suit the mood desired by the photographer.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 11:43 AM
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I would recommend you buying an expo disc. I take mine with me everywhere. It is great for tough lighting situations and should also help you in your studio. It is easy and quick to use. Check out www.expodisc.com and you should find all the info you need!
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